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World ranking: 11.

Best European Championship finish: Eliminated at group stage in 2009.

How they qualified: Finished top of their qualifying group with near-perfect record.

Fixtures: Hungary (14 June), Portugal (18 June), Iceland (22 June).


Goalkeepers: Robert Almer (Austria Vienna), Heinz Lindner (Eintracht Frankfurt), Ramazan Oezcan (Ingolstadt).

Defenders: Aleksandar Dragovic (Dynamo Kiev), Christian Fuchs (Leicester), Gyoergy Garics (Darmstadt), Martin Hinteregger (Borussia Monchengladbach), Florian Klein (Stuttgart), Sebastian Proedl (Watford), Markus Suttner (Ingolstadt), Kevin Wimmer (Tottenham).

Midfielders: David Alaba (Bayern Munich), Marko Arnautovic (Stoke), Julian Baumgartlinger (Mainz), Martin Harnik (Stuttgart), Stefan Ilsanker (RB Leipzig), Jakob Jantscher (Luzern), Zlatko Junuzovic (Werder Bremen), Valentino Lazaro (Salzburg), Marcel Sabitzer (RB Leipzig), Alessandro Schoepf (Schalke).

Forwards: Lukas Hinterseer (Ingolstadt), Rubin Okotie (1860 Munich), Marc Janko (FC Basel).


While this summer's expanded format benefited a number of sides in qualifying, Austria certainly weren't one of them. They needed no help in confirming their place in this summer's competition, dominating their qualification group to the extent they will be expected to escape from Group F and potentially upset some of the more established sides vying for glory in France.

An undefeated campaign saw them finish eight points clear at the top and a squad stacked with players from the Bundesliga and the Premier League is arguably their strongest to enter a major competition since the 1950s.

David Alaba
Alaba and Marcel Koller celebrating Austria's qualification. Getty

In David Alaba, Austria have one of the most technically proficient young players on the planet. While he is an extremely effective full-back for Bayern Munich, he controls the game from midfield for his country and does so looking like he plays there every week.

Premier League winner Christian Fuchs features in a defence that also includes promising Tottenham Hotspur defender Kevin Wimmer, who so seamlessly stood in for the injured Jan Vertonghen in early 2016, and Dynamo Kiev's Aleksandar Dragovic, whose budding reputation has him constantly linked with moves to Europe's elite. Stoke City's Marko Arnautovic and Basel veteran Marc Janko offer options in attack.

Manager: Marcel Koller

Koller took the national team reins to not much fanfare in 2011 following the club's failure to qualify for Euro 2012. While Austria also missed out on qualification for the 2014 World Cup, their qualification for this competition illustrated their impressive progress under the former Switzerland international.

After an opening draw at home to Sweden, Koller's side won every other game in their group which also featured Russia and Sweden, taking 28 points from 30 in all. The manager has been instrumental to that turnaround, creating an identity for the national side and lifting them from 70<sup>th to just outside the top 10 in the Fifa rankings.


Prediction: Last 16 - Austria possess enough in their arsenal to suggest they should reach the knock-out phase at the very least as one of the best third placed sides. A favourable draw, potentially with Iceland or Sweden awaits if they can finish in the top two, but the more likely option is they get paired with Spain - where their campaign could end.